The Fascination of Family Trees

I’ve been hooked on genealogy for nearly 30 years now and don’t think the fascination will ever go away.  Once you start trying to puzzle together your family tree, you never stop.  It’s definitely addictive and since you don’t necessarily have to stick to one branch of ancestors, you can literally go on searching for them forever.

I decided early on, however, that I had to stick to just one name or I’d never get anywhere, so I chose my maiden name and started collecting information about everyone with the same name.  Eventually, this led to me becoming a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, which is an organisation “dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information.” (quote from their website)

Apart from the obvious benefits of belonging to such an organisation, I’ve also met some lovely people, all enthusiastic genealogists whose eyes don’t glaze over when I start talking about census records or elusive convict ancestors.  And tomorrow I’m hoping to meet some more of them, as I’ll be helping out on the Guild stand at the “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” exhibition at Olympia in Kensington.  It should be great fun and I’m really looking forward to it.  If you’re planning on going, please stop by and say hello – hope to see you there!


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